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    Help us pick a cruise

    Hola. I am sure there are some verteran cruisers here so I am hoping people can lend some advice.

    We want to cruise from California to Hawaii sometime late 2008 or early 2009. We wont have the money to pay until September 2008.

    My husband is a paraplegic and uses a manual chair. Accessability is a big issue. I really also want to be able to get off the boat at every stop.

    We have 2 children who will be 2 and 3 this time next year. We dont need to be able to drop them off all day, but we would like a child friendly cruise.

    We like high-end accomidations and alot of options from eating to entertainment. We also like people to kiss our butts LOL. We are ok with paying extra for these things.

    Any ideas about the best cruise line for us? My husband is set on cruising to hawaii and I like the idea of leaving for cali so we dont have to spend too long on a plane and also fitting in a couple days of fun in cali.

    Any cruise tips for us?
    - Moody

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    Absolutely. Keep in mind that the newer the ship, the better the accessibility.

    Find out the ports of call to make sure any tours have a van or bus with a lift. You would need to book that ahead of time. Make sure these ports have acessible docks and that a boat tender is not necessary. Keep in mind that when the boat is docked the stores, casinos etc are CLOSED. That means if you can't go ashore, there won't be much to do but stay in the cabin and watch TV. (They even close the pools to clean them)

    The best cruise lines for accessibility I believe are the newer Princess, Holland America and Royal Caribbean.


    Quote Originally Posted by Moody
    Hola. I am sure there are some verteran cruisers here so I am hoping people can lend some advice.

    We want to cruise from California to Hawaii sometime late 2008 or early 2009. We wont have the money to pay until September 2008.

    My husband is a paraplegic and uses a manual chair. Accessability is a big issue. I really also want to be able to get off the boat at every stop.

    We have 2 children who will be 2 and 3 this time next year. We dont need to be able to drop them off all day, but we would like a child friendly cruise.

    We like high-end accomidations and alot of options from eating to entertainment. We also like people to kiss our butts LOL. We are ok with paying extra for these things.

    Any ideas about the best cruise line for us? My husband is set on cruising to hawaii and I like the idea of leaving for cali so we dont have to spend too long on a plane and also fitting in a couple days of fun in cali.

    Any cruise tips for us?

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    hey moody...

    jim and r leaving for a cruise the 24th of this month...very excited for him. i've been on royal caribbean 5 times prior and thoroughly enjoyed the ships...though i wasn't looking out for accessibility. right now i'm in a bit of a panic...trying to figure out what tours he can go on...doesn't transfer. i just got off the phone with royal carribean...very helpful but their hands r tied when it comes to out of the country.

    i WILL let u know what i find out. as far as the ship goes very high end. we're getting a junior suite because sis and sydney r coming along...should be interesting...lol we also have a balcony which will be nice for jim...lots of room.

    hope all is well with u and yours...the kids sure r beautiful. take care and look forward to hearing from u.

    always thinking of u guys !!!
    stormie
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    Hi Moody,


    Here is a link to a good site, has a lot of info on rating of ships and a "Diabled Cruisers" message board. Hope it is helpful. Good luck!

    http://www.cruisemates.com/index.cfm

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    http://www.disabilitytravel.com/rent...tm#sttransport

    moody...
    i just got off the phone with this company...wonderful and very helpful. u r taken on a very personal tour...wherever u want to go basically. they charger per hour and it comes out cheaper then taking a tour through the cruise line.

    i was starting to go into panic mode. things r finally working out better than i expected them to. when we get back from our trip i will fill u in as to how everything went. good luck !!

    stormie

    here's their phone # accessible journeys - 340-776-1277
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    Great info, thanks everyone. We think we found a cruise

    Stormie, great minds think alike. Post a long account of your trip, and photos! Have a blast
    - Moody

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    Cruisemates.com is a fairly inactive site. www.Cruisecritics.com is a much better site for a disability related cruise forum. I have done over 15 cruises with my parents (my mother is in a chair from MS) all over the world.

    If you only want to go one way to/from Hawaii you are limited to either Celebrity or RCCL. We prefer Princess or HAL for service and nice ships, and the ports and route, but they do it round trip. Princess has better children's programs than HAL, but most children's programs require the child to be potty trained, so this may be a factor in being able to do this. We have gone round trip with them from both LA and San Diego twice each. Getting an accessible cabin that can accomodate 4 is a big challenge. The ones that accomodate 3 usually have a bunk bed, which may be a problem with children this young unless you sleep in the bunk, and you would need to use a portable crib for the 2 yo. An accessible suite is difficult to find, and of course, much more expensive. We like the RT from LA or San Diego as there is no flying, and you get the relaxing days at sea on either end of your frantic 5 days in port in Hawaii. These are 15-17 day cruises generally.

    Keep in mind that he may NOT be allowed off the ship at any tender ports if the conditions are too rough. This is up to the captain and ship's safety officer. Generally this is an issue in Kona and Lahaina where there are no dock facilities.

    I also recommend renting a car and skipping ship's excursions in Hawaii. You can find some that have lift buses, but not for all tours and not in all ports. Cheaper to rent a car, and you can do what you want, when you want. I would expect that if your husband has paraplegia he can transfer to a car, and you may even be able to get cars with hand controls if you stick with the majors (like Avis).

    Cabins go quickly....generally you need to reserve at least a year in advance.

    (KLD)

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    Dont even try Pricess cruise lines

    Not only will they not accommodate us (letting us have a room for my husband and I and our 2 toddlers), they wont even work with us and they were so rude. They wouldn't let me talk to anyone who deals with accessibility issues, thye said I had to write to their legal department, they were rude and pissy and awful to me. I feel like crying.

    I am glad to know that this is how they are in general, cause they have to be even worse on board.
    - Moody

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    We were going to do princess but they have NO accessible rooms that fit 4...i guess they don't think people in chairs can have families. I am totally upset, really angry and let down. Princess is horriable...they are just awful. I couldn't believe it, I have never run into such uncaring people in my entire life.

    I think cruising is out for us. Its just too difficult...maybe in another few years they will actually be accessable...right now they are just playing around.
    - Moody

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    try carnival cruise lines .....the most popular cruise line in the world.
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